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Who or What Was to Blame for the Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.

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Who or What Was to Blame for the Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet Romeo & Juliet is a tragedy about two lovers who die due to being in love. Romeo & Juliet is a very famous play written by Shakespeare at the and of the 16 century. Romeo & Juliet is still watched and studied today. In this essay I have been asked to study the play and come up in my own opinion who or what is to blame for the tragedy of Romeo & Juliet. Romeo and Juliet was set in Verona, it about two families (both Romeo and Juliet from different sides) who hold a feud against each other, Romeo and Juliet fall in love which leads them to their deaths. There are many possibilities in this play which I think have some involvement in their deaths. These possibilities are as follows; Romeo and Juliet them selves, friar Lawrence, Tybalt & Mercutio, the nurse, Romeo & Juliet s parents fate and chance. In this essay I am going to explore each and every one of these options & come to my own conclusion. Romeo is a loyal, well respected, likeable young man. We can see that he is loyal because he kills Tybalt, this is showing loyalty to his mate although he is dead he is still loyal to him. The fact that Romeo kills Tybalt also shows that he is in control of his own emotions and that he is short tempered. ...read more.

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The nurse is a very nosy person she some times puts her nose in when it is not wanted (i.e. The fights with lord & lady Capulet and Juliet). The nurse is very much about physical passion and enjoys talk about sex in conversations. She also loves to gossip, is down to earth and very pratical, this is shown as she advises Juliet to forget about Romeo after he has been banished and marry Paris. "Romeo is dishclout to him;" "I think that you are happy in the second match, for it excels your first: or if it did not, your first is dead: or 'twere as good as he were" This didn't help Juliet's feelings at the time as she was felling upset and very moved and didn't want to move on yet. The nurse also, as well as Friar Lawrence, plays a very important part in the play, she acts as a go-between. She carries Juliet's message to Romeo, brings the rope ladder, and visits Romeo in Hermits cell where he is hiding to arrange for him to visit Juliet. I don't think that the nurse is very much to blame as she didn't do anything directly wrong and I don't think can be directly blamed for their deaths. Paris has been arranged by Juliet's parents to marry Juliet. He is described by the nurse as rich, young and attractive with all the bits in the right place. ...read more.

Conclusion

He refused and carried on which got him and Mercutio dead and partly the reason why Romeo & Juliet died. Mercutio has a very playful and less serious attitude then Tybalt, this is shown how he was still trying to make a joke although he was dying. Mercutio died because he was prepared to stick up and be loyal to Romeo and Romeo returned the favour by killing Tybalt. I don't think that Mercutio was to blame as such for their deaths but he did take some part but I don't think that we can directly blame him. Although I think that Tybalt was very much to blame as his aggressive attitude started the fight which lead to Romeo getting banished, and I think that the feud between the two families was kept very strong when he was around and he had no intention of stopping it. In conclusion I don't think that I can directly blame anybody for the deaths of Romeo & Juliet but I think that the following people have a very definite part in it; Tybalt as his aggressive attitude lead to deaths and reasons for Romeo & Juliet's suicide; Friar Lawrence as his plan was not successful; Lord, Lady Capulet and Montague as they started the feud and kept it going and a very slight but only partly on Romeo & Juliet them selves because this wouldn't have all happened if they hadn't fallen in love. Jennie Barber Spring term 2003 English Course work ...read more.

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